The Weekend Leader - Chinese envoy redefines diplomacy in Kathmandu

Chinese envoy redefines diplomacy in Kathmandu


Vol 11 | Issue 28

As the young Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi, redefines diplomacy in Kathmandu, she is seen as a key factor behind Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's unexpected move to amend a map which includes disputed territories with India.

From Nepal's Chief of Army Staff, General Purna Chandra Thapa to Prime Minister Oli's office, the Chinese Ambassador in Kathmandu, Hou Yanqi has access to almost any place under the sun in the Himalayan Republic.

The Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari invites her for exclusive dinner and Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai facilitates special outdoor photo shoots for Hou, who often uploads her 'model like' pictures on social media platforms.

Hou Yanqi recently approached a few top leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party to douse the blazing resentment against Oli, led by the rival faction within the NCP.

Hou is said to be on good terms as well with NCP Chairman Pushp Kamal Dahal Prachanda, the former Prime Minister of Nepal. Considered as the most powerful diplomat in Nepal, Hou Yanqi is also close to Nepalese Chief of Army Staff Gen Purna Thapa.

On May 13, Hou presided over a large function of the People’s Liberation Army in Kathmandu in which General Purna Thapa was invited as Chief Guest. A plane load of medical supplies brought by PLA from Beijing was handed over by Hou Yanqi to General Thapa.

The young Chinese diplomat is also followed by a large number of Nepali people on Facebook and on her Twitter account.

Recently Hou was in the news when she posed as a model for an exclusive photo shoot in Kathmandu. The pictures, taken at popular tourist spots in the Nepalese capital instantly went viral in the local and social media.

Apart from her proactive public relation campaigns, Hou Yanqi also supervises major construction work undertaken by the Chinese government in Nepal. Several schools, universities and other public infrastructure are being built by China in Kathmandu and other districts under Hou's supervision.

Working at the behest of foreign policy strategist in Beijing, Hou is said to be one of the most influential ever Chinese diplomats in Nepal. Besides serving in Pakistan, she was earlier holding a key responsibility in the Department of Asian Affairs in China's Foreign Ministry before being sent as ambassador to Nepal, says her CV uploaded on Chinese embassy website. - IANS

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